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The best films about the war

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The best films about the war

They made a selection of films for you that are worth watching on May 9 – both by yourself and with teenage children (pay attention to the age category).

“And the Dawns Here Are Quiet” (12+) by Stanislav Rostotsky – one of the best films about the Great Patriotic War. And one of the most humane – and therefore terrible. The film tells about a small military episode, as if not significant; episode during which four girls heroically die. But just such "small" episodes made up the Victory. Gay, beauty, youth, dreams of girls forced to fight, heroically giving their lives, like nothing else set off the horror of war. With these features – “small”, “funny”, “lively”, not at all “military”, who sacrifices himself to overcome evil – the film is beautiful, and for this it can be called Christian. Not the “joy of war” (purely pagan), but the joy and fragility of life conquering war. And therefore, "And the dawns here are quiet" can be prescribed as a Christian medicine against the pagan disease of victory.

In addition, this film is important for the author of these lines, because once upon a time, as a child, he was surprised to learn that the girls also fought, and was amazed and moved by this.

"Ascent" (16+) Larisa Shepitko – another outstanding Soviet film about the war. This time it’s almost openly religious (why the film had difficulties with “organs”). The director, preparing for the shoot, said:

“The story of how one betrays the other is old as the world and is associated with a biblical parable. At all times there were Fishermen and Sotnikovs, there were Judas and Christ. I’m non-religious, but since this legend has entered people, it means she’s alive, so it’s in each of us. ”

After filming the film, she will become a believer.

1942, occupied Belarus. The commander of the partisan detachment is captured. He is betrayed. The gospel story is repeated.

"Check on the road" (16+) – a masterpiece of Alexei German (the film Shepitko had difficulties, the film German was not allowed to rent until the 80s). Surprisingly, the “Check on the road” as if mirror (exactly the opposite) repeats the “Ascent”.

Occupied by the Nazis in Pskov, 1942. Former part of a prisoner of war surrenders to the partisan detachment.

Actor Anatoly Solonitsyn, who played traitors for both Shepitko and German, said in an interview:

“I was repeatedly asked:“ Vladimir Petrovich, how did you play this policeman? ” People who have not even fallen into the ray of Christianity do not understand the main thing: a person, having fallen, rises and returns to God. Undoubtedly, the Lord will take him to His villages, if he ended his life in this way. ”

“Ivan childhood” (16+) – the first full-length film by Andrei Tarkovsky. One probably should not say that Tarkovsky is a genius, and a Christian genius. In “Ivan's childhood” there are already all the elements and meanings of his subsequent films.

A 12-year-old boy loses his mother and sister in a war. He becomes a scout. To the hated obsessed boy, "he dreams of the life that he is deprived of, ordinary childhood."

This film about the war is also – like all films of Tarkovsky – a film about the inner world of man, about the soul. The monstrous evil of war is found in the child's soul with its opposite.

In one of the scenes, the boy leafs through a book about art and pauses for a long time at Durer's engravings for the Apocalypse, and perceives the apocalyptic horsemen as Germans. War is his personal apocalypse.

Another masterpiece – “Sentenced to death escaped, or the Spirit breathes wherever he wants” (16+) by the great director Bresson, and yes – again a Christian.

Plot: Resistance fighter imprisoned in a Nazi prison, preparing to escape. If you remember that Bresson himself spent a year and a half imprisoned by the Nazis, then the film begins to play with other colors. Paul Schroeder, a researcher at Bresson’s work, told the director himself about this film:

“A film about mercy and salvation. So I comprehended your films. This was a phenomenology of grace for me, yes, just like that: grace should be accepted as it appears to us, and so we will be able to be saved, even if salvation is intended for us (…). You cannot be saved without taking advantage of the grace that is sent to us. ”

And another Christian masterpiece of the war, this time Italian – “General della Rover” (16+) Rossellini. A fraudster pretends to be a colonel, robbing people, conspiring with the Nazis to cover up anti-fascists (again, the theme of a traitor is like Shepitko and German). This position puts the hero in a tough moral situation. Film critic A. Gusev wrote:

"The last scoundrel, rogue, fraudster, not decisively preoccupied with any search for the meaning of life, is confronted by the war with a moral choice – and discovers, in the exact religious sense of the word, his divine origin."

In the genius tetralogy about Sokurov’s power, there are two films devoted to World War II, about Hitler (Moloch; 18+) and Hirohito (The Sun; 16+). Both reveal the last, religious origins of the war. Hitler openly rebels against Christ, goes on his own deification: the limit of paganism. Hirohito on the contrary: according to the laws of his country (Japan), who is a living god, he refuses this status.

Of course, the Second World War put humanity in the face of theodicy problem: where is God in all this? “The Judgment of God” (16+) is a television film by Andy de Emmoni (2008). The Jews at Auschwitz decided to judge God, accusing Him of breaking the Covenant. At the trial, the main events from the history of relations between Israel and God will be considered: on the basis of biblical history and what it came to in the 20th century. Quote:

– We found God guilty. Now what?

“Now we have to pray.”

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